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Ask U.S. Government Not to Separate Anton From His Partner for Valentine's Day

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Couples across the United States are getting ready to celebrate Valentine's Day, but for Anton and Brian living in South Philly, this may be their last Valentine's Day together, as the United States is getting ready to deport Anton to Indonesia.

Anton Tanumihardja came on a tourist visa to the United States in 2002 and overstayed his visit. He makes a compelling case for asylum as a gay Indonesian; he is also ethnically Chinese and Catholic, and all three characteristics make him a minority and potential target for violence in Indonesia. The Board of Immigration Appeals granted him a 90-day extension that ends on February 14. But they have not ruled out reopening his case.

Last year, Anton started dating Brian Andersen, an American citizen.  If they were a straight couple and could get married, Anton's union with Brian would mean he would get to stay. Alas, as a gay couple bi-national couple in the United States, Brian cannot sponsor Anton for legal residency, let alone citizenship.

Anton and his partner Brian are not asking for a change in the law or citizenship. They just want more time to keep Anton in this country while he pursues his asylum claim. Supporters are urged to contact PA Senator Bob. Casey, Congressperson Bob Brady and Janet Napolitano to stay his deportation.

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